The Sweyne Park Sixth Form

Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ affords our students the opportunity to navigate your own learning in a subject of your choice at length, and acquire the independent learning and research skills sought by University Admissions Tutors. They are supported by our highly qualified staff mentors to be creative thinkers, reflective researchers and effective self-managers, in order to support their learning across all subject areas.

Study skills workshops are provided across Year 12 to introduce the research skills required. Students then plan, research and write their project across 15 months, and present their findings to a staff panel, reflecting the process involved in the completion of a postgraduate qualification. Students are encouraged to take part in collaborative sessions where research is discussed and shared among an exciting and emerging research community within the school.

The EPQ can be considered as an enrichment opportunity, offering students the chance to explore some of the research facilities available at university level. It is also an opportunity to forge long term connections with organisations willing to support students’ areas of interest. It is naturally excellent preparation for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. Some universities will even lower their entry requirements for students holding an EPQ qualification:

Successfully completed EPQ projects in 2018-19 include:
  • Evaluate the hypothesis that environmental factors are the only cause of clusters of genetic disease.
  • Evaluate the differences in the Korean language between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the DPRK (North Korea)
  • To what extent does social media marketing affect sales within fashion, and to what extent does it have an influence on fashion trends?
  • To what extent has provision for disabled people in secondary education in the UK progressed or regressed?
  • To what extent can Brexit be considered the defining factor of the 2017 UK General Election?

EPQ titles among our current Year 13 cohort for 2019-20 include:

Successfully completed EPQ projects in 2017-18 include:
  • Assess the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on modern China
  • Evaluate the social and economic impact of immigration on Britain in the years 1992 to 2017.
  • To what extent has the evolution of animals been adversely affected by humans?
  • Assess the view that the First World War was the most significant contributing factor to the extension of the franchise to women on an equal basis with men by 1928.
EPQ titles among our current Year 13 cohort for 2018-18 include:
  • To what extent can the UK government continue to justify the existence of grammar schools in England?
  • Examine the views of the EU27 on Brexit.
  • Assess the view that politicians are better placed than scientists to regulate procreation.

Existing and prospective students who are interested in the EPQ should contact Mrs Jenny Clements via e-mail at

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